NBA Rumors: Zach LaVine Could Be Headed To LA Lakers For Package Including Caldwell-Pope And Kuzma

Zach LaVine #8 of the Chicago Bulls drives past Alex Caruso #4 of the Los Angeles Lakers at the United Center on January 26, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois.
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After winning the 2020 NBA championship, the Los Angeles Lakers immediately addressed their need for another playmaker and shot-creator by trading for Dennis Schroder. They also solidified their frontcourt by signing Marc Gasol and Montrezl Harrell in free agency. However, despite their recent additions, the Lakers might not be done making moves. In order to boost their chances of defending their throne in the 2020-21 season, they are expected to continue finding ways to improve their roster before the 2021 trade deadline.

One of the big names that the Lakers could realistically acquire this season is Zach LaVine of the Chicago Bulls. According to Brett Siegel of NBA Analysis Network, the Lakers could bring LaVine to Los Angeles by sending a package featuring Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Kyle Kuzma to the Bulls. However, before pushing forward, both teams would have to wait until mid-February since Caldwell-Pope just signed a new free-agent contract with the Purple and Gold.

“Zach LaVine has been a fantastic player over the years for the Chicago Bulls and was a border-line All-Star last year. In 60 games last year, LaVine averaged 25.5 points, 4.8 rebounds, 4.2 assists and shot 45% from the floor and 38% from three-point range. Bringing in a player like Zach LaVine to pair with LeBron James and Anthony Davis would almost be unfair and would set the Lakers up for numerous champions over the next few years. There would be no way to stop the Los Angeles Lakers offensively as they would have just too many weapons and high level scorers.”

Alex Caruso of the Los Angeles Lakers defends against Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine.
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LaVine would likely be an incredible addition to the Lakers. He could be a very reliable third scoring option, playmaker, and elite three-point shooter. Compared to Kuzma, LaVine is arguably more capable of assuming the role of the Lakers’ “third superstar” behind LeBron James and Anthony Davis.

LaVine may not be as good as Caldwell-Pope on the defensive end of the floor, but his arrival in Los Angeles would make them a more dangerous team on the opposite end. Once he familiarizes himself with coach Frank Vogel’s system and finds the perfect chemistry with James and Davis, the Lakers could finally form the “Big Three” that they have been dreaming of since the summer of 2019.

As of now, LaVine has yet to demand a trade from the Bulls. However, at this point in his career, most people might agree that he would be better off playing for a legitimate title contender than wasting his prime years on a rebuilding team like the Bulls.